New story, and new titles too!

October 23rd, 2014

My Moscow Metro dog organlegging story, “This Chance Planet,” is live at Tor.com!

(I would have mentioned it yesterday, but I was on airplanes.)

And now that I’ve dropped a giant graphic in your internets and presumably have your attention (art by Robert Hunt), it’s time to reveal some titles! The titling gnomes have finally prevailed in their epic battle with der Fehlerteufel, and Eternal Sky 4-6 (collectively known as The Lotus Kingdom) have grown beautiful titles ripe for harvesting.

Or something.

So without further ado, let me introduce you to my next three fantasy novels.

The Stone in the Skull

The Red-Stained Wings

The Origin of Storms

Get it while it’s hot!

October 15th, 2014

For everybody who has emailed me looking for the out-of-print Whiskey and Water in ebook…

We baked you an Urban Fantasy storybundle! Contains a previously unpublished Jim Butcher Harry Dresden collection, along with books by me (Elizabeth Bear), David Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, Vicki Petersson, Carole Nelson Douglas, Michael A. Stackpole, P.N. Elrod, Peter J. Wacks, and Rhiannon Paille.

For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you feel generous), you’ll get the basic bundle of five books in any eBook format—WORLDWIDE. If you pay $14 (or more, if you feel generous), you’ll get the five bonus books as well.

Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. We’re currently featuring The Challenger Center, Mighty Writers, and Girls Write Now.

The Urban Fantasy bundle runs for three weeks only. Whiskey and Water is out of print, so this is the only ebook–and the only non-used version–available. Also, Kevin J. Anderson’s Working Stiff, Vicki Pettersson’s The Reordering, and the Harry Dresden Working for Bigfoot books are not available anywhere else.

And Whiskey and Water features brand new cover art by Jenna Kass.

The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

Neon Noir by Carole Nelson Douglas
Nightingale by David Farland
Whiskey and Water by Elizabeth Bear
Working Stiff by Kevin J. Anderson
Villains by Rhiannon Paille

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $14, you’ll get another five books:

The Reordering by Vicki Pettersson
Tricknomancy by Michael A. Stackpole
Hair of the Wolf by Peter J. Wacks
The Devil You Know by P. N. Elrod
Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle, Nook, and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books, but after the three weeks are over, the bundle is gone forever

October 4th, 2014

I spent the last week involved in travel, appearances, and conferences for the Hieroglyph Project and Future Tense, both of which are ongoing–though my spate of publicity is over for now. In any case, it was an incredibly stimulating experience, and I am actually full of notes for the space opera that need to be typed up before I lose the notebook again.

One of the events was a livestreamed conference at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., which took place Thursday. There’s an article about it here, and embedded in the article is a link to recordings of the panels and lectures. Or you could click here to watch the recorded stream.

Don’t miss Neal Stephenson, Ellen Stofan, and Patric Verrone on space travel, whatever you do.

l-r, t-b: Vandana Singh, Karl Schroeder, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Neal Stephenson, Lee Konstantinou, Ed Finn, Madeline Ashby, Elizabeth Bear, Kathryn Cramer. Also presenting but not pictured: David Rejeski, Dan Sarewitz, Ryan Calo, Patric Verrone, Dan Kaufman, Ted Chiang, Jonathan D. Moreno, Jamelle Bouie, Tom Kalil, Laurie Silvers, Bill O’Brien, Ellen Stofan, Barton Geliman, Kevin Bankston, and Kristal Lauren High. Photo credit, Shannon Rampe.

It’s a cover reveal and some terrible teasing!

October 4th, 2014

It’s a cover reveal and some terrible teasing!

A couple of weeks ago, I had an emergency need for some amazing art, and I naturally emailed my friend Jenna Kass, a NYC-based illustrator. I had in mind licensing an old piece of hers, but she was no longer satisfied with the quality of that work, and so we struck a deal that she’d do me a new painting.

And she did. (She tells the story here. I honestly did not mean to give anyone apoplexy!)

So, dear readers, as some of you have commented, it’s currently impossible to get an ebook copy of Whiskey and Water, what with it being out of print and all.

Well, without further ado let me present the new cover for Whiskey and Water.

And because I am a horrible tease, details will follow–soon, I promise!–as to how you can get your very own copy! (Ebook only currently, but we’ll see what happens.)

My Least Favorite Trope

September 12th, 2014

So basically this is Fran Wilde’s fault, because I was on a tear about it the other night and she told me I needed to write a blog post. So here’s a blog post. (Does anybody even read blogs anymore? Tap, tap, is this thing on? “140 characters is all anyone will ever need.”)

My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and–cod help me–Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

I thought for a minute that Guardians of the Galaxy was going to pull off a subversion. They were so close. All they had to do was have somebody make the point that We Survived The Magic Radiation Because We All Worked Together, but no, it’s the pure fucking light of Chris Pratt’s Y chromosome that rescues the day again.

This is the part where I point out my love for Farscape, in part for not falling for this shit–in fact, for relentlessly subverting the Corn-Fed White American Dude Goes To Space And Brings American Values To The Natives narrative. In part by showing space and aliens driving Crichton nuts, and in part by surrounding him with endless competent awesome women.**

You know, I’ve taken a lot of responsibility in my life, and never once has it resulted in me becoming a Chosen One. I guess it’s the lack of a broken chromosome.

Anyway. So tired of that narrative. Somebody please write me the book or movie where it turns out that the chick was the Chosen One all along?

*Remember Bulletproof Monk? Neither does anybody else, except me, and that’s because it pissed me off. It’s really fun to watch Toronto cosplay New York ineffectually throughout the movie, though.

**Also, one of my dearest friends and favorite people basically is Aeryn Sun, so yeah.

Belated updatery…

September 11th, 2014

Bless me internets, for I have sinned. It has been over three months since my last post. In that time, I’ve been to seven (7) different countries, seen two books published, and seen more conventions and book signings than I can completely remember.

I did bring you something to make up for it, though! “Covenant,” a new science fiction story by me. At Slate. For free!

MEN IN IMPRACTICAL ARMOR!

May 28th, 2014

“Abjure the Realm”–what was probably the very first published story (there was a complete mess of a trunk novella written in 1994. We don’t talk about it.) set in the world that eventually developed into the Eternal Sky–is being reprinted in the forthcoming anthology Men In Impractical Armor… I mean, Warriors and Wizardry… along with a really impressive slate of others.

Forthcoming November 11th!

(via Table of Contents: THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF WARRIORS AND WIZARDRY Edited by Sean Wallace – SF Signal)

Here’s the table of contents…

“Small Magic” by Jay Lake
“King Rainjoy’s Tears” by Chris Willrich
“A Rich Full Week” by K.J. Parker
“The Woman in Scarlet” by Tanith Lee
“Flotsam” by Bradley P. Beaulieu
“A Warrior’s Death” by Aliette de Bodard
“A Siege of Cranes” by Benjamin Rosenbaum
“Fox Bones. Many Uses.” by Alex Dally MacFarlane
“Where Virtue Lives” by Saladin Ahmed
“The Effigy Engine: A Tale of the Red Hats” by Scott Lynch
“Strife Lingers in Memory” by Carrie Vaughn
“A Sweet Calling” by Tony Pi
“The Necromancer” by N.K. Jemisin
“Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
“Effigy Nights” by Yoon Ha Lee
“Wearaway and Flambeau” by Matthew Hughes
“At the Edge of Dying” by Mary Robinette Kowal
“Vici” by Naomi Novik
“Abjure the Realm” by Elizabeth Bear
“The Word of Azrael” by Matthew David Surridge
“Lady of the Ghost Willow” by Richard Parks
“The Singing Spear” by James Enge
“So Deep That the Bottom Could Not Be Seen” by Genevieve Valentine
“Warrior Dreams” by Cinda Williams Chima
“The Magician and the Maid and Other Stories” by Christie Yant

Final cover comps for One-Eyed Jack.

May 27th, 2014

Soon, my pretties.

Soon.

Soon.

in a garden full of angels you will never be alone

May 26th, 2014

The second to last episode of Shadow Unit is up now. It’s called “Asylum,” and it’s be C. L. Polk and me.

It’s taken 7 years, 10 writers, 3 editors, 1 illustrator, 1 photographer, 2 geeks, 1 book designer, 1 accountant, and 1 web ghoul.

And countless fans.

And we’re actually about to bring this motherfucker home. 

Tonight, on Shadow Unit.

Everything changes.

I mean, even more so than usual.

Reprint news!

May 5th, 2014

The hits keep coming!

Check out this awesome pile of books!

(Not pictured: Magic City: Recent Spells, edited by Paula Guran. Also, Notice how subtly I slip a plug for the Dozois/Martin edited Rogues in there, seeing as how my boyfriend has a story in it. Or possibly I’m just gloating over having scored an ARC.

Armageddon Rag is in the pile because I happen to be reading it currently.)

If you have a shortage of stuff to read, I can offer two (2) reprint stories in anthologies, a translation, and an essay to go with two (2) new stories in anthologies (as previously discussed) also coming out very shortly.

First off, a Swedish translation of “The Ghost Makers” is forthcoming in the online zine Einhorningen. I’m looking forward to that! Also, my essay “Dear Science Fiction, I’m Glad We Had This Talk,” is being reprinted in the anthology Far Orbit, edited by Bascomb James.

And! But! Also!

Here are a couple more ToCs to pique your interest.

Table of Contents (authors in alphabetical order):

“Paranormal Romance,” Christopher Barzak
“The Slaughtered Lamb,” Elizabeth Bear
“The Land of Heart’s Desire,” Holly Black
“Seeing Eye,” Patricia Briggs
“De la Tierra,” Emma Bull
“Curses,” Jim Butcher
“Dog Boys,” Charles de Lint
“Snake Charmer,” Amanda Downum
“Street Wizard,” Simon R. Green
“-30-,” Caitlín R. Kiernan
“Stone Man,”
Nancy Kress “Pearlywhite”
Mark Laidlaw & John Shirley
“In the Stacks,” Scott Lynch
“Spellcaster 2.0,” Jonathan Maberry
“Kabu Kabu,” Nnedi Okorafor
“Stray Magic,” Diana Peterfreund
“The Woman Who Walked with Dogs,” Mary Rosenblum”
“Wallamelon,” Nisi Shawl “Grand Central Park,” Delia Sherman
“Words,” Angela Slatter
“Alchemy,” Lucy Sussex
“A Voice Like a Hole,” Catherynne M. Valente
“The Arcane Art of Misdirection,” Carrie Vaughn
“Thief of Precious Things,” A.C. Wise

Table of Contents:

“Only the End of the World Again” by Neil Gaiman
“The Bleeding Shadow” by Joe R. Lansdale
“Love is Forbidden, We Croak & Howl” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
“Bulldozer” by Laird Barron
“A Quarter to Three” by Kim Newman
“Inelastic Collisions” by Elizabeth Bear
“That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable” by Nick Mamatas
“Red Goat Black Goat” by Nadia Bulkin
“Jar of Salts” and “Haruspicy” by Gemma Files
“Black is the Pit From Pole to Pole” by Howard Waldrop and Steven Utley
“I’ve Come to Speak with You Again” by Karl Edward Wagner
“The Sect of the Idiot” by Thomas Ligotti
“The Dappled Things” by William Browning Spencer
“The Same Deep Waters as You” by Brian Hodge
“Remnants” by Fred Chappell
“Waiting at the Cross Roads” by Steve Rasnic Tem
“Children of the Fang” by John Langan